Fire Prevention Week Oct. 8-14, 2017

Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 8-14

“Every Second Counts ... Plan 2 Ways Out!™” is a registered trademark of the National Fire Protection Association.

In the event of a home fire, every second counts. As a member of the fire service, it’s important to let your community know they may have less than two minutes to get out safely once a smoke alarm sounds. Teach them to make an escape plan that shows two ways out of every room.

These free materials are yours to use to teach residents about the importance of home fire escape plans. In addition, we’re sharing information and materials that will help the public and the fire service understand the complex issue of hoarding, fire safety issues for people who live in a hoarder home, and the hazards faced by firefighters when responding to an incident at a hoarder home.

Social share materials

Share these cards and videos on your social media.

See more escape plan cards (Spanish versions available)

Fire Safety: Have Two Ways Out 1:00

NEW Up in Smoke: Practice an Escape Plan 0:30

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Customize these handouts with your organization’s logo and share with community members.

Fire Prevention Week infographic

Fire Prevention Week infographic

English Spanish PDF ~ 525 KB

Stock photos

Include these free, high-resolution photographs that show best practices for home fire escape plans in your organization’s materials. The photographs are in the public domain and are not copyrighted.

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Special FPW focus

Hoarding and fire safety

Blocked exits due to an excessive accumulation of materials are a fire safety issue for people who live in a hoarder home. Firefighters also face significant risks when fighting fires and responding to other emergencies in this type of home.

Explore these resources to learn more about the hoarding disorder and how you can keep community residents and your fellow firefighters safe from the hazards of a hoarder home.

Outreach and awareness

Hoarding and Fire: Reducing the Risk PDF 738 KB — Safety tip sheet for the public on hoarding.

Hoarding: Issues for the Fire Service PDF 930 KB — Overview on why hoarding is a safety issue for firefighters and tips for how the fire service can work with other community organizations to help deal with a hoarding problem.

Free webinar
Encountering Hoarding Disorder: Awareness and Intervention

This webinar (recorded Sept. 19, 2017) provides an overview for the fire service on the behaviors of people with a hoarding disorder and the underlying mental health components. Presenters also discuss the hazards facing firefighters in a hoarder home.

Watch the webinar

Presenters: Matthew Kelleher, Gaithersburg, Maryland; Teresa Crisman, Prince Georges County Fire and EMS; and Dr. Elspeth Bell, Licensed Psychologist — Bell Center for Anxiety and Depression, Columbia, Maryland

The safety challenges of hoarding NFPA video series

The Safety Challenges of Hoarding Part 1 2:09

The Safety Challenges of Hoarding Part 2 1:58

Articles and reports

An Analysis of Fire Incidents Involving Hoarding Households PDF 4.1 MB.
This report presents information about hoarding household fire victims in Melbourne, Australia, and describes characteristics common to the incidents.
Bigger + Costlier
An Australian study finds that hoarding fires are different than typical residential fires.
Talking to hoarders
A new resource offers first responders tips on what works and what doesn’t.
The Dangers of Too Much Stuff
This article looks at how first responders are teaming up with social service agencies to tackle safety issues related to compulsive hoarding.
What is compulsive hoarding?
The three main features of compulsive hoarding are described in this short article.